Betting on Yourself: Why Gambling for Athletes is Frowned Upon
Gambling is a controversial business as it is - but when an athlete starts to gamble, things can get even more complicated. Actually, things need to be set straight before we dive deeper into the question: not all forms of gambling are created equal. Red Flush online gambling is something quite innocent from this point of view. Betting on sports, in turn - especially by an athlete, especially on events he or she participated in - is not only frowned upon, it's outright illegal. Not to mention the fact that it's also immoral.
Casino vs. Betting
Casino games - the ones you can play in Vegas or online at the Red Flush Canada - are a form of entertainment that concerns the player and the house, nobody else. Whenever you play a hand of blackjack at the Caesar's or spin the reels of an online slot at the Red Flush, it's your money you put on the line, and the outcome of each game depends on you alone. This form of gambling, no matter if it's done in a Vegas resort or an online gambling venue like the Red Flush, is generally considered a form of entertainment, even if it's controversial and frowned upon in many US states and countries of the world. It cannot directly affect the outcome of any sporting event, except when the feet of a quarterback are broken by gorillas sent to recover a gambling debt.
When it comes to betting on sports, things get a lot more complicated. Betting in itself is not a fun activity - its main purpose is to make an extra buck for the punter. When the outcome of a bet depends on the outcome of a sports event the punter (in our case, the athlete) is directly involved in, the suspicion of foul play - influencing the events during the game to favor one outcome or another - is hard to avert. This is why all sports associations - no matter in which part of the world - strictly prohibit those involved (athletes, managers, you name it) to place bets on their own teams.
Sometimes the ban is not enough
Even though betting on (and especially against) your own team is strictly banned, sometimes athletes and managers give in to the temptation of gaining easy money. Perhaps the best-known such case is that of Pete Rose, former Outfielder / Infielder / Manager (in this order) with the Cincinnati Reds, accused of repeatedly betting on (and perhaps even against) his own team during his career.
Rose admitted to betting on his own team's games, which cost him his place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He never admitted betting against the team, though, and the investigators assigned to his case never produced any evidence to prove it. This doesn't make his actions any less immoral.
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